I have a confession to make. I LOVE GRANOLA.
I can eat it any time, day or night, rain or shine, breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I will eat it with yogurt, on top of ice cream, add it to my bag of trail mix, or have it just by itself in all its delicious glory. I think you get the picture.
Now, I want to get something straight here. Store-bought granola? Yeah, that's ok. It might suffice if you're in a pinch. BUT!
granola? Oh. My. Goodness. If you haven't tasted homemade granola, you are seriously missing out.
I've made my own granola several times now since I've been married. I've tried a couple different recipes and each were delicious, but I just couldn't seem to find the
one... until now. I combined some of my favorite recipes, added a few of my own ingredients, and accidentally created the
BEST GRANOLA EVER.
I could have eaten the whole batch by myself in one sitting. That's how good it is.
One of the best things about this recipe? It's crazy easy to make. All you have to do is dump all the ingredients into a big bowl, give it a good stir, pour it onto a couple baking sheets, and bake it 10-12 minutes. BAM. You're done. The hardest part is trying to keep yourself from eating it all.
I think you just might need it in your life. So, here you go!
THE BEST GRANOLA EVER
Yield: 6 cups
6 cups old fashioned oats
1 tsp salt
Spices to taste (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, etc.)
6 Tbs coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
Optional: shredded coconut, chopped nuts, dried fruit, raisins
(If you do decide to add raisins or any other kind of dried fruit, I would recommend adding it after the granola has been baked. I have learned from experience that burnt raisins are not very tasty...)
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Dump the oats into a large bowl. The bigger the better, that way your ingredients don't go flying everywhere when you stir. Been there, done that.
2. Add salt to the oats as well as your favorite spices to taste. I used a generous amount of cinnamon and a few shakes each of nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Just sprinkle them on to your heart's content. Mix well.
3. Next, pour the honey, maple syrup, and coconut oil into a microwave safe bowl and microwave until the coconut oil has melted (about 1-2 minutes). Add vanilla to the mixture and stir.
4. Pour the honey, syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla over the oats and spices. Give it a good stir, making sure all the oats get moistened.
5. Take a spoon, dip it into the bowl, and sample your granola. (This is a very important step and must not be skipped)
6. Pour the oats onto two baking sheets, preferably with sides, and spread out the mixture evenly.
7. Bake for 5 minutes, stir, and bake 5 more minutes. If you like your granola extra crunchy, you can bake it for 2-5 more minutes. When the edges start turning golden brown, you'll know it's done. Keep a close eye on it though, granola can burn easily. We can't have that.
8. Allow granola to cool undisturbed (except for a few more samples). When cool, take a wooden spoon or a spatula and break the granola up, then pour it into an airtight container for storage, or directly into your mouth.